Help Support WWU Racing!
Provide students an environment to challenge themselves, expand their knowledge, and grow as a team through real world experiences.
Who We Are:
WWU Racing is a team of students with varying skillsets passionate about furthering our knowledge and passions through the project of developing a formula style race car. Our business team focuses on acquiring financing, obtaining sponsorships and participating in community events to ensure the success and awareness of our team. Our engineers design, manufacture and test the car. To ensure reliability, competitiveness and safety, our engineers use data to validate their data using computer technology and live test data.
Being a part of WWU Racing provides team members with acumen which they will carry on to the real world after graduation. Engineers learn how to operate CAD systems, as well as, analyze data to make changes to optimize car systems. The business team learns and practices creating system budgets, cost management and public outreach. All of our team members, engineering and business, learn the importance of goal setting, time management and communication through all levels of the team. Our team is focused on holding each team member accountable for their responsibilities assigned to their specific role, much like the professional world.
What We Do:
For thirty years the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has hosted and annual competition known as Formula SAE. The competition allows teams to test their cars and business practices against other cars built by students from across the globe. SAE provides safety and design guidelines which every team must follow. Although constraining, these rules still allow a huge amount of innovation within the engineering and design of the vehicle.
SAE requires the cars to be designed for the weekend autocross racer. This means the car must possess excellent handling, braking and acceleration capabilities. However, the car must also be affordable to purchase and maintain. Therefore, engineers must decide materials that are durable, yet cheap to source. They also must design the car for longevity which requires easily accessible components.
WWU Racing proudly produces the vast majority of the components in house. Although it may sound time consuming, developing in house saves our team precious resources. It also allows our team to gain an in depth understanding of the manufacturing process. Learning hand fabrication and machining skills are a skills that our engineers will immediately use in the professional world.
Donations to the team are used to push our boundaries and take on new and ambitious projects. Among many things, the team developed a full aerodynamics package for this year's car, which included composite work with carbon fiber and 3D printed parts from carbon nylon. The money we use help us in all phases of our year, including manufacturing, testing, and competing. The experience WWU Racing offers is truly supplementary to any student's educational career.
How You Can Help:
While we are a club on campus, WWU Racing is run like a business. It must make money to spend money. The team must raise all their own funds to not only build a race car every year, but to also help build the team. These funds come from local sponsors, community outreach, events, donations, grants, and from within Western Washington University. Every dollar that is given to the team goes directly to allowing a student to build a part of the car or the team, better preparing them for the real world. Each member of the team will use this money to get real word experience in a safe, and nurturing space, that allows them to push their own limits without the fear of consequence if a mistake is made.